Over the past few years, Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) has been working through the Department of Health and Human Service's Workplace Achievement Program, and was recently recognised by the State Government of Victoria as meeting all benchmarks for the Healthy Eating and Mental Health and Wellbeing priority areas of the Achievement Program. Recognised by the Victorian Government, the Achievement Program promotes staff health across five areas: smoking, physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, healthy eating and alcohol. The Achievement Program (an international best-practice framework) was developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and is currently overseen by Cancer Council [...]
Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) has been working for many months to secure a site for the new Healthy Community Access Hub. The organisation is pleased to advise valued clients, partners and the community that an agreement has been reached to purchase a site located at 51 Bourke Street, Kyneton. The land is located on the corner of Caroline Chisholm Drive and Bourke Street, and will locate the new site adjacent to Kyneton District Health. Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO, is thrilled about the opportunities this prominent site will offer to the community. “We are looking forward to designing a unique facility to [...]
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Key health services in the Macedon Ranges are participating in Bendigo Health’s Dementia Champion Mentorship Program in 2018. Cobaw Community Health, Macedon Ranges Health, Kyneton District Health and Macedon Ranges Shire Council have chosen this program to improve staff knowledge in Dementia care, and design their own internal quality improvement processes. With Dementia diagnosis predicted to increase in the region by 440% from 2015 to 2050, initiatives such as this are imperative for health services’ level of understanding of the condition. Dementia presents very complex changes for families, of which need to be understood by health professionals as they navigate delivery [...]
Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut team have launched an educational video that provides a safe platform for LGBTIQ+ young people to speak to healthcare professionals and services about their needs, and offer suggestions and advice about working with the sex and gender diverse community. The Healthcare under the Rainbow video is a contemporary educational tool for GPs and other healthcare professionals, aimed at improving inclusive clinical practice and increasing the safety of young people accessing healthcare services. A group of young people from the Macedon Ranges developed and produced the video. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to develop skills in photography, film, editing [...]
Cobaw Community Health is encouraging schools within the Macedon Ranges Shire to join them in signing up to Premier’s Active April this year. Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, fun and part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy. According to the 2015 Victorian Population Health Survey, only 34.7 per cent of Macedon Ranges Shire residents participated in physical activity on four or more days of the week, compared with the Victorian average of 41.3 per cent. Engaging in regular physical activity has [...]
1800 My Options, a new helpline for Victorian women seeking timely and trusted information on sexual and reproductive health issues has been launched. The helpline will provide Victorians with sexual and reproductive health information, and direct them to clinical services such as contraception, pharmacy services, counselling support, termination providers and a range of other services. The phone line is free and confidential, with highly-trained, experienced and sensitive staff who have extensive knowledge in sexual and reproductive health issues. In addition to the new phone line, there is also new women’s reproductive health information on the Better Health Channel. It provides comprehensive, [...]
Cobaw Community Health is celebrating World Down syndrome Awareness Week (19-25 March 2018) by hosting a morning tea at the My Time Playgroup on Monday 19 March from 9:30am-11:00am at 49 Forest St, Woodend. World Down syndrome Awareness Week celebrates the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome, with this year’s theme focusing on the different ways people with Down syndrome make a difference to their communities. Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome, chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46 which results in a range of [...]